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Poster: jacob kogan Date: Feb 7, 2017 7:58pm
Forum: opensource Subject: legal concern

I am teaching a class in a Maryland Public university and using
Fundamentals of Differential Equations and Boundary Value Problems, 6/e by Nagle, Saff & Snider, Addison Wesley, 2011
as a textbook. Today I have received an email from my Department Undergraduate Program Director asking not to do it anymore. His concern is legal (see below). I would appreciate it very much if someone can provide an input in this regard.

Best,

Jacob Kogan
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Hi Jacob,

I have been made aware that your Math 225 textbook at been advertised as free on
archive.org in your syllabus. I was concerned that this might
not be legally appropriate and contacted the office of general counsel for
clarification. My email to them and their response is below.

The response is clear that the use of the free textbook via archive.org
is legally risky for the user and for any faculty that might
promote its use. I told Mr. Tkacik that I would ask you to remove the link from
your syllabus and that (since it is quite likely many students have utilized this
feature) also to emphasize that the reproduction that you linked to may not be legal
and should not be used. This is what I am asking you to do at this time.

I would appreciate you sending an updated copy of our Math 225 syllabus to the
course coordinator, Brian Dean, (cc'ing me) once this has been done.

Thanks,
Brad